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They can't go 'around' the shield because the shield encompasses the entire planet. “What am I looking at?” she asked, squinting at the ring. She made out the specks of starships descending through its center, but then a shimmer outside the ring’s edge caught her eye—the subtly distorting gleam of an energy field. “There’s a planetwide defensive ...


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A few fighters got through before the shield gate was closed:


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To show that they're different from the main series... As you mentioned in your post, only the numbered episodes have it. Only the ones that are part of the main series, that is. From ScreenRant (a fairly reliable source for media), we get this: (emphasis mine) While the opening crawls have been a part of every mainline Star Wars movie since the very ...


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The crawls have a purpose, which isn’t applicable to the Star Wars Anthology Series (the stand-alone movies starting with Rogue One). Star Wars aped the movie serials of the 1930s and 40s, some of which opened with moving text that summarised what led up to the previous episode’s cliffhanger. The Star Wars crawls make us feel like each movie is an episode ...


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Saw Gerrera had a falling out with the Rebel Alliance over his use of extreme tactics, and would not agree to meet with them. Any agents they sent would likely be killed unless they were someone who already knew Saw personally. When Jyn Erso is first brought before the Alliance leadership they mention this exact problem. CASSIAN: We know how to find him, ...


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In Marvel's new Star Wars comics #52, Luke names their new squadron, and references Jyn Erso while naming it.


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It appears that the shield encased the entire planet. The gates were the only way in while the shield was up.


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Main Canon The Ultimate Star Wars factbook indicates that his disfigurement occurred during an altercation with a bounty hunter. Hideously scarred by a bounty hunter, Evazan has death sentences in 12 systems hanging over him The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia - Updated and Expanded edition factbook notes that it was during this attack that he met and ...


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I think "they are so small they're evading our turbo lasers" applies here. The Rebel star fighters and Imperial TIE fighters mostly dodge the turbolasers of the capital ships and fight amongst themselves. Even so, the capital were WERE firing, although the camera focused mostly on the star fighters. If you pay close attention, you can see the capital ...


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They were mentioned as early as 1978's Splinter of the Minds Eye by Alan Dean Foster. A Legends character, Halla, wants Luke and Leia to help her find it in a temple on Minban (which was a planet they used in Solo: A Star Wars Story as well). Halla looked around the table with seriocomic intensity before turning back to them, 'I don't suppose either of ...


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The film addresses this. The Rebellion did not know how Saw would react as by now the connection between the Rebellion at large and Saw's group is tense to an extreme degree. Saw doesn't trust them, and has become increasingly paranoid. We see this both at how Saw reacts when they bring him Bodhi (emphasis mine): SAW GERRERA: Every day, more lies. ...


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The Imperial Security Complex was likely rendered totally uninhabitable or usable. After consulting the story arc "The Ashes of Jedha" from the canon comic book Star Wars, one can see that the moon Jedha was left essentially unfit to live in, as demonstrated by this panel: Mind you, this is from a single reactor ignition, the same type that was used on ...


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An unnamed member of "Blue Squadron" (an X-Wing) was destroyed when it didn't get through the shield gate in time. It could be argued that it was an accident or a "self-destruction", but it was definitely caused by the closing of the gate, so technically the Empire did it. "Red 5" (also an X-Wing) was destroyed by a Tie Fighter around 1:45. He says something ...


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It can also mean something less literal. He says this after meeting Jyn who has the Kyber crystal around her neck. And both because of age and his post as a guardian of the whills it makes sense he knew Jedis, who used Kyber crystals in their sabers. Saying the strongest stars have hearts of Kyber can be more a connection to these strong people he has met in ...


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As others very pertinently wrote above, one of the main reasons was political rivalry and struggle for power. Yet this is not the only reason that Krennic could be held responsible for the leak of the Death Star plans. To understand why Grand Moff Tarkin acted this way, we need some further insight in his background. Tarkin grew up in an wealthy, ...


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Lightsabers and "Lasers" (AKA blasters) in Star Wars both work on the principles of trapping plasma in a powerful electromagnetic field. No doubt Kyber crystals are used to somehow generate the exceedingly powerful electromagnetic fields. The field tells the plasma where to go. A lightsaber is designed to trap the plasma in a long narrow blade, and when ...


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